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In the third year of the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is leaner, more cooperative, and focused on returning to core principles of environmental protection and economic growth, says Chief of Staff Mandy Gunasekara, who spoke at a digital fall policy roundtable before the Congressional Western Caucus on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump announced the final rule to reform and modernize the regulations governing environmental analysis in order to speed up infrastructure projects and energy development across the country.

On Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the repeal of a 2015 rule that had broadly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. Repealing the rule responds to an executive order issued by President Trump last year and sets the stage for the administration to propose a new definition.